Welcome back, Willing Spirits!
So we have reached the 7th month of the year. God has done it again! Summer is in full effect and I hope you are all enjoying. Whether last week was good or bad for you, I pray that this one we have just entered into, is much better, God willing!
In my athletics era, there were many races I had to run in many different competitions I took part in. But there was one that stood out to me because of the unexpectedness of the outcome. It was a relay race so there were 3 more people who ran with me. As soon as the race started, the first person running on our team had a tumble but quickly got back up and continued. In relay, any setback like that could cost you dearly especially if the other teams were just as quick as you. Much to our surprise, however, we finished 2nd out of 8 teams. The person who ran last told me that instead of thinking “Oh dear now we’re going to lose“, she thought “okay we’re just going to have to make up for it“. Regardless of how we started, we made sure that we at least finished well. The Christian journey is similar to this. We may fumble along the way but it is important that we finish well.
This week’s verse is Paul striving to “finish well” in terms of his journey in Christ. It is something that we, as followers of Christ, must also strive to do. No matter how many times we stumble in our faith, as long as we are wholeheartedly determined to get back up, we have a better chance of finishing well. When Jesus comes back to collect the elect, we will know we finished well if we are included in this group (God willing we are!).
Unlike a race, we don’t know when the end will be. So how do we ensure we finish well when this piece of information is missing? We already know it will take more than will to keep going. Our emotions cannot be the foundation of our motivation because they change ever so often. So, what is it that will help? It’s nothing we haven’t heard before. The race we run is for the purpose of God and God only. So who better to help than God himself? By growing ‘…in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ [II Peter 3:18 NKJV].
Additionally, there is a way we can help ourselves. The heaviness that drags us down, slows us down in this race is none other than sin. Imagine carrying those big camping rucksacks on your back as you run. Big Duke of Edinburgh rucksacks. Now multiply that by 1000. Nothing good ever comes from sin which is why, in order to keep moving forward towards the end, we must rid of it. We’ll soon realise that it’ll be easier to continue running. Creating a routine or plan to stick to will also help us run our race. So, if we ever deviate off course or stumble, we know our plan will draw us back to the right path that is Jesus.
Paul advises us to ‘…walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.’ [Ephesians 5:15]. That means, being careful in our walk and not going along recklessly as fools. No one knows when the end will be except God himself so all we can do is aim and try to finish well in the meantime.
Stay blessed! X
–A Willing Spirit